Hangzhou Proudly Unveils Treasured Collections

From now until March 27 the West Lake Museum, Hangzhou, is proud to unveil Tianyi Pavilion and its most treasured collections.

Tianyi Pavilion is a well-known ancient library in China and has been granted many titles such as the oldest private library in China, the oldest library in Asia and one of the oldest family libraries in the world.

The exhibition, a joint collaboration between the West Lake Museum, Hangzhou and Tianyi Pavilion Museum, Ningbo, features 70 pieces/sets of works which include treasures such as historical documents about imperial examinations, genealogies, chorography, widely-acclaimed precious and rare books as well as stone inscriptions. The exhibition consists of four sections in which the history of Tianyi Pavilion, its unremitting effort to protect all sorts of literary works and its unique and priceless collections are spectacularly uncovered.

Tianyi Pavilion came into existence in the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) which is clearly reflected in the majority of its exhibits and which distinguishes it from other ancient libraries. The founder, Fan Qin, was a keen collector of books who spent his time, as official, investing heavily in local literary works and documents.

In 1982, Tianyi Pavilion was acclaimed a national key cultural protection unit by the State Council and currently the library is in possession of nearly 300 thousand volumes of ancient books, 80 thousand of which are precious block-printed editions and well-edited books including carving copies, handwritten copies and manuscripts of celebrities.

Add: No. 89, Nanshan Road, Hangzhou (杭州市南山路89号)

Tel: 86-571-87882333

How to get there: Take bus No. 4, 12, 25, 38, 42, 102, 108, 133, Y2 and Y10 to the bus stop of Qian Wang Ci (Temple to King Qians: 钱王祠).